Art Reach Picture Program
The Art Reach Picture Program, which started in 1984, has been a cornerstone program since its inception. Volunteers, parents, administrators, and docents work together to instill the roots of a life-long enjoyment of art in more than 7,500 elementary students. Trained docents travel to local schools each month to present an art history lesson featuring fine art reproductions to young students in mid-Michigan communities. The program has won numerous awards over the years including the 1998 MEA Educational Project Award and the 1996 Governors Arts Award for Arts in Education.
For more information or to become involved, contact Art Reach at 989-773-3689.
Day with the artists
Day With the Artists is a day-long art immersion for local students. Volunteers and artists demonstrate various artistic forms and media, as well as display finished pieces and works-in-progress. The program rotates each semester to a different school in order to expose students to art.
Artwork from school children in mid-Michigan is featured in this annual calendar. The individual pieces are hung in a week-long exhibition in The Morey Family Gallery in early November. A reception is held for these aspiring artists. Calendars are available for purchase in the Art Reach on Broadway consignment shop.
Scholarships & Grants
Folkert and GFWC Scholarship: $500
This scholarship is a partnership with the General Federated Women's Club of Mt. Pleasant (GFWC) in memory of Kendall Folkert and offers $500 towards one two-week summer session at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. The scholarship is available to any student entering ninth grade in the fall. The applicant must demonstrate enthusiasm, ability, and passion in instrumental music, choir, theatre, dance, or visual arts. Students must exhibit proof of acceptance to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Stephenson Creative Writing Award: $300
The creative writing award was established in memory of Jo Stephenson through Art Reach of Mid Michigan. Stephenson was a professional journalist employed with Central Michigan University until her death in 1991. The $300 award may be used in any way that will benefit the recipient's writing ability. Scholarship partner is Betty Stephenson.
Youth Class Scholarships
Scholarships for up to $50 are available for youth (age 18 and younger) to help defray the cost of any applicable art class at Art Reach of Mid Michigan. Availability is limited to one class scholarship per person per calendar year. To apply, submit a written request indicating the amount of the scholarship you are requesting and an explanation of your need to: Art Reach of Mid Michigan, 111 E. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant MI 48858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Art Reach reserves the right to grant scholarships for amounts from $5 - $50, assuming funds are available at that time.
MCACA Minigrant Program
The Regional Regranting Minigrant Program is a grants-giving partnership funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and administered by agencies in each region of the state.
The Regional Re-granting agency for Region 5 is the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission.
Contact Nancy Koepke at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989-759-1496 for more information.